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Tired of the usual festive appetizers? Why not try a themed Christmas lunch or celebration instead, with this selection of Italian Christmas appetizers.
From the traditional to popular favourites and original alternatives, from finger food to delicous sit down starters, Italian cuisine has them all covered.
There's something for vegetarians, fish lovers and those that just can't resist Italian charcuterie.
Whether an accomplished cook or more keen on assembly, there's an Italian Christmas appetizer suited to all parties this festive season. Take a look at our line-up of recipes and say buon appetito!
Italian Christmas Appetizers
Fried Carciofi (Artichokes)
These crunchy deep fried artichokes are a real crowd pleaser and will be the talking point of the table.
A crunchy parmesan gratin tops off these juicy mussels fresh from the oven. Enjoy them as finger food or as part of a seafood serving.
If you love seafood and want to kick off proceedings with a light and fresh dish, try this simple seafood salad.
Find the recipe here.
A classic Christmas Eve appetizer. Our simple yet delicious recipe also reveals how to tenderise the octopus.
Rocket and gorgonzola souffle
More ambitious cooks might like to stretch themselves with a souffle - this one is laced with creamy Italian gorgonzola.
Smoked Salmon Canapes
What says Christmas more than smoked salmon? For an Italian style antipasti of excellence try these light smoked salmon canapes to pass round as finger food with a glass of champagne.
Showcase your favourite Italian charcuterie in a generous platter that will be sure to entice even the fussiest of guests. Serve with some delicious fresh Italian bread.
If you're looking for a more sophisticated appetizer try this recipe given to us by Enoteca Pinchiorri's chefs Italo Bassi and Riccardo Monco. Scallops and pancetta are always a winning combination.
For a simple and tasty starter, try stacking the best mozzarella di bufala with zucchini and tomatoes with a touch of basil and fragrant olive oil.
These sophisticated crostini are spread with marscapone and topped off with kale and artichoke.
Toasted bread topped off with creamy mozzarella and tomatoes will be a popular way to open your Italian themed meal. To make them a really decadent treat you could always try replacing the mozzarella with unctious burrata.